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Product Details

  • Series: Mickey Tussler
  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Sky Pony Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616086637
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616086633
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,407,692 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Yet another brilliant baseball tale by a first-rate storyteller. The ongoing sage of Mickey Tussler will speak powerfully to young readers as well as anyone of any age who truly loves our national pastime."
 - Howie Rose, WFAN Sports Radio

"Remarkable. The very best in today's baseball fiction just got a little better."
 -Don Williams, retired sports columnist, Newark Star Ledger

"Will win over kids and parents alike. Read it together one summer between ballgames and on a family vacation." - Peter Schilling, Author, The End of Baseball
 

"A moving story about an exceptional boy with uncommon athletic ability. This novel harkens back to the days when baseball was King." - Chris Platt, award winning YA author

"Frank Nappi knocks another one out of the ballpark! If there were a Hall of Fame for Baseball books, this heart-warming Mickey Tussler series would be in it." - Betty Dravis, author

About the Author

Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, Echoes From The Infantry, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, The Legend of Mickey Tussler, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including Sophomore Campaign, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and the thriller, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

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Frank Nappi has taught high school English and Creative Writing for over twenty years. His debut novel, ECHOES FROM THE INFANTRY, received national attention, including MWSA's silver medal for outstanding fiction. His follow-up novel, THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER, garnered rave reviews as well, including a movie adaptation of the touching story "A Mile in His Shoes" starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder. Frank continues to produce quality work, including SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN, the intriguing sequel to the much heralded original story and his first thriller, NOBODY HAS TO KNOW, which received an endorsement from #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille. Frank is presently at work on a third installment of his Mickey Tussler series and his next thriller, FLIRTING WITH DISASTER. He lives on Long Island with his wife Julia and their two sons, Nicholas and Anthony.

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Frank Nappi has expanded the issues dealt with in the book.
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I wont spoil the ending for those who have not read yet but it seems like there will be at least one more book coming.
Rosie Loops
Frank Nappi is a gifted writer who understands human nature and has a clear, concise way of presenting his stories.
Betty L. Dravis

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Dravis VINE VOICE on April 25, 2012
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I have been a huge fan of author Frank Nappi since I read his debut novel, the award-winning Echoes from the Infantry: A Novel in 2005. My faith in his great potential was rewarded; since then he has written The Legend of Mickey Tussler: A Novel which was released as a film last September and is now a DVD. Movie title is "A Mile in His Shoes," starring Dean Cain and Luke Schroder.

And now Nappi has penned Sophomore Campaign: A Mickey Tussler Novel, the exciting sequel which is also slated for film.

Sophomore Campaign picks up where "Mickey Tussler" left off, with Mickey, the autistic young baseball player, and Arthur Murphy, the coach who discovers him, entering another season of minor league baseball for the beloved Milwaukee Brewers.

Mickey's mother Molly finally leaves his abusive father and they move in with Murph who is very good to them, nurturing them in all ways. He becomes a surrogate father to Mickey, while Molly and Murph develop feelings for each other, but agree to keep it platonic.

After last season's violent conclusion, Molly is reluctant for Mickey to play again this year; she fears their main rival team might get violent again, damaging her son's spirit beyond repair.

With a wicked pitching arm, Mickey has become the team's most valuable asset and is idolized by baseball fans all over.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 8, 2014
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Sophmore Campaign by Frank Nappi took me completely by surprise. I am not a baseball fan by any means but I was able to relate to the story in many ways. Being born in Wisconsin and having parents who talked about Robin Yount and Paul Molitor, I was thrilled to discover that the novel focused on the Milwaukee Brewers. This in and of itself drew me into the story despite its baseball focus. I was thrilled as I read more and realized that one of the main character Mickey Tussler was exhibiting symptoms of autism. With a background in Special Education and a lot of experience working with Autistic children and adults, I genuinely enjoy working with and learning about individuals on the Autism Spectrum. Two points of connection already had me won over, but as a read further and I saw the story take on the topic of segregation during the 1940’s and the struggle to concur it I knew that the book would be outstanding.

I enjoyed this story so much that I read it in less than a day. I couldn’t put it down. Thank you Frank Nappi for drawing me into your world. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I can’t wait to read another one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By im1rarebird on January 16, 2014
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This is Frank Nappi's second novel featuring Mickey Tussler. This is the continuance from the introductory novel "The Legend of Mickey Tussler: A Novel. In the first we meet Mickey, an autistic kid with a mean pitching arm. He is discovered by Arthur Murphy a baseball coach. He Plays for the Milwaukee Brewers (circa 1940's)a minor league team. He has become a fan favorite and the city has galvanized around him. The first book ended with a horrible amount of violence from a rival team that left Mickey shaken and his mom unsure whether to let him play again.

Molly, Mickey's mom is a battered wife and his dad doesn't much care for him. The coach becomes a father figure to him and as a result he also begins to develop feeling for his mother. In this novel we see that relationship develop. Trouble starts up right away as the rival teams picture is still having trouble accepting he was out pitched by a (retard) 1940's vernacular for the mentally challenged. When Coach Murphy hires a Negro for team everything explodes. Mickey doesn't understand the hatred and violence.

If you want a whitewashed version of life in America during that time period this is not the book for you. Frank Nappi gives us a cold hard look at where we came from and it is not pretty. Prejudice abounded and not just against Blacks it was aimed at anyone with a disability. We were a country of intolerances. In order to find out what happens to Mickey, Molly, Coach and the young Negro ballplayer, you will just have to buy the book. You will be engrossed in this book so deep that you will not want to put it down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 7, 2014
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Now and then along comes an author whose ability to connect with a reader's mind creates a bond that is lasting. So it is with the very fine American author Frank Nappi. This reader was deeply touched by Nappi's 2005 debut novel ECHOES FROM THE INFANTRY, and when his next book was released, THE LEGEND OF MICKEY TUSSLER, the following review resulted: `Not being a baseball fan or even knowing much about the game or the cheering throngs who have made the sport part of the definition of 'America', this reader approached this novel with some hesitation, believing that if Frank Nappi could write so powerfully in ECHOES FROM THE INFANTRY, then surely this book deserves reading. And, once again, Frank Nappi has demonstrated his polished skills as a writer. Yes, the story is about baseball with all the excitement, romance, and obsession that sport engenders, but it is so much more. This story is about overcoming seemingly insurmountable odds of physical afflictions that will serve as a comforting and challenging guide to readers familiar with those struggling with autism among other differences.' That book went on to become a much-loved film and now there is a `sequel' (and hopefully even more books to follow this one).

SOPHOMORE CAMPAIGN opens where the previous Tussler book left off - Arthur Murphy is devastated about the loss of the last game of his Milwaukee Brewers with the Rangers, a loss he attributes to the unfortunate turn of events in Mickey Tussler's life. Murphy had devoted his life to bringing the autistic Tussler to a role of success as a pitcher, and he is determined to place the emotionally injured Tussler back into the game.
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